Linda McMahon found support and sustenance in Trumbull Thursday, dining in at and visiting her possible constituents.
Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, a Republican, backed McMahon, formerly of the WWE corp. The visit followed a meeting between her opponent, Chris Shays, and the Trumbull Chamber of Commerce.
"It's going to take a job creator to go down to Washington and take the politics out," he said.
McMahon would "put country first and people first," Herbst said.
The candidate brought her six-point job creation plan with her. It calls for:
- "Passing a middle-class tax cut for individuals and families";
- "Leveling the playing field for America's job creators";
- "Eliminating over-regulation and red tape that are killing job growth and creation";
- "Stopping out-of-control spending, borrowing and debt";
- "Providing the unemployed training and skills they need to fill available jobs";
- "Moving responsibly and rapidly to produce more energy in America".
McMahon also commented on the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare.
"I was disappointed. It's unfortunate," she said. America will feel the "largest tax increase in American history" to the tune of $1.7 trillion under Obamacare, according to McMahon.
She added that she would vote to repeal and replace it.
Patrons interviewed at Marie's supported her. "I love her," said Virginia Ell of Trumbull. "I like that she's a business person. Our government could use someone with a head for business."
Roger McTiernan, of New York, and Christopher Moore Jr., of Trumbull, met McMahon for the first time.
"I would say she's dedicated. She seems to work for the common man," Moore said.
Moore also recognized her from her connection with WWE, which her husband runs.
Earlier that day, Chris Shays condemned her connection with WWE, criticizing it for violence and pornography.
McMahon said it is a business and she has more business experience than Shays.
"I've been in business for over 30 years," McMahon said. "I am the only candidate who's made payroll, created jobs. The issue of the day is jobs and the economy."
Chris Murphy is the democratic challenger, and a primary between Shays and McMahon is scheduled for Aug. 14.